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wreckhouse

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Annual predictions for Nationals (A 2013 do over?)

Verification of last seasons predictions, made before the 2013 season started In three words, the predictions overall were "not so good". Sorry about the formatting--pasting from Word does not...

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Regarding the off and on debate on Davey Johnson

There are some who believe Davey’s managerial performance in the 2013 season was not to blame for the Nationals disappointing record. And there are some, like myself, who do put at least some of...

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Are team strikeouts an important determinant of winning? A first look.

It has been my long held belief that minimizing strikeouts on offense and maximizing them on defense by the pitching staff is one of the important keys to winning. I have asserted this opinion in...

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It doesn't make much difference-or does it?

In the course of debating the merits of bunting, contact versus strikeouts, and manager influence my worthy opponent(s) in the debates have, at times, stated that (paraphrasing) "it doesn't make...

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Is an out just an out?

I have participated in several verbal sparring sessions involving the importance of strikeouts in assessing the offensive contribution of a player. Strikeouts are a subset of outs that fail to...

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Crossroads for the Nationals: elite or just ordinary?

When I lived in the DC area growing up from a young boy to young adult during the 1950s and 1960s I watched the two versions of the Washington Senators with undivided interest. I attended many...

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Bunting: does it increase the chance for winning?

It is not about emotions, as in love it or hate it or something in between. It should be about whether sacrifice bunting contributes significantly to winning, including by how much and under what...

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Why criticize Dave?

I have been critical of Davey for what, I believe, were indefensible on field decisions, the most prominent and consequential being how the Espi problem was handled, or not handled to be more...

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In search of a more perfect offensive metric

One of my pet peeves, when examining offensive performance metrics or debating player comparisons, is the lack of accounting for when a hitter makes an out that moves runners versus an out that...

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Dreaming what if ....

It is too long a wait for Opening Day. Sometimes I just daydream/fantasize about Nationals individual and team performance. Just for fun I decided to list some, using a vague a criteria of...

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Will history be made in 2013?

It is time for my annual prediction for overall Nationals 2013 win total and a few additional predictions for individual players. I was an outlier compared to the consensus for my prediction for...

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Cautious about Span acquisition

The acquisition of Denard Span this week has forced the Nationals to decide between keeping LaRoche or Morse. From an offensive viewpoint the Nationals are probably worse off having a lineup that...

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Why not removing Wang was disturbing beyond one game

Usually a managerial decision to pull a pitcher, while I might disagree with it, is not worthy of an extended narrative in a FanPost. But, what took place on Sunday in the Cardinals game is...

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A simple strikeout compensation metric

This is a follow up to the earlier post “A key question: how many strikeouts is too many?”. After giving it more thought I decided to make a fairly simple calculation in order to gauge offensive...

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A key question: how many strikeouts is too many?

I have a strong dislike for the strikeout by a position player even if he has considerable power numbers. This is why I believed the leaving of Dunn was ‘addition by subtraction' for the Nationals...

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Why one should dislike Harper

One shouldn't. I just wanted to get your attention. I was prompted to write this after reading the following particular comment to this recent SI.COM posting ("Cubs' wanna-be tough guys embarrass...

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Why a collapse won't happen

A collapse is defined here as the Nationals not making the playoffs. They are currently leading the third best wild card team by 10 games with 38 games to play. Using the term collapse if they...

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Some random opinions for discussion

Harper's bat has seemed a bit weak of late, until Friday night. Perhaps it is significant that this was after a much needed off day, and not just a sitting-on-the-bench day. Of...

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Why a division title is likely

First there are five reasons how the Nationals have weathered adversity: Winning early in the season while playing most of the first one third without much of the core of offense healthy...

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Request from my fellow fans....

I am a bit slow I guess, since I frequently forget what the various statistical abbreviations actually stand for and how to interpret them. Also, it would be real nice to have all the relevant...

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Nats not clicking on all cylinders

As I write this, Nats fans are expectant for the upcoming series with the Yankees starting tonight. For those who have read my previous articles it should be clear that I do not simply...

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Excited and scared: can we make it?

I like to hold off on having any opinion on the season until at least 20 games have been played, which is still a small sample, but it is much...

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Reply to comments on post predicting a 93 win season

I appreciate the interest and comments regarding my recent post, which among other things, predicted a 93 win season for the Nationals. As I...

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Predicted 80 wins last year--going with ____ wins this year

It is time for my annual assessment and predictions for the Nationals. After a pretty good set of predictions last year including predicting 80 wins for the team and being early on seeing that M...

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Can Nats contend in 2012? Conditionally-yes.

First, a little self congratulation (if I don’t who will??). Before the 2011 season began (Mar. 11, 2011 in FanPost: “Expect a good year”), and more importantly on May 31 2011, when the Nats were...

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Greatest memories of Washington baseball 1960 to present

After the exciting Nationals baseball the week of June 17-24, 2011 it got me thinking about the most memorable Washington baseball events in my era (roughly mid-1950s to the present) The more...

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Still expect 80 wins

About a year ago the Nationals had a similar record and I penned a FanPost that was mostly pessimistic. This year I am optimistic in the sense that I believe they will win 80 or games, despite the...

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Down memory lane: Short quiz #1 for Washington Senator fans

Federal Baseball FanPost: Wreckhouse: "Down memory lane: Short quiz #1 for Washington Senator fans."

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Expect a good year

Predictions regarding the Nats for 2011: 80 or more wins. I think the progress of the young guys from within the organization plus the acquisitions will provide a mini-version of the Tampa...

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Addition by subtraction

I am probably in a minority of one for much of what I am going to post here. And I know I am opening up an old debate that has been vented by many over an extended period of time. Despite that I...

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